Gibson shatters Shangri-La course record with 12-under 60

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Story courtesy Murray Evans, Oklahoma Christian Sports Information Director

MONKEY ISLAND, Okla. (June 20, 2020) – Oklahoma Christian golf alum and PGA Tour member Rhein Gibson set a course record on Saturday at Shangri-La Golf Club, firing a 12-under-par 60 that included a rare feat.

Gibson, a member of the OC Athletic Hall of Fame, not only broke the course record on the 7,211-yard layout, he recorded a double eagle (also known as an albatross) on the final hole of Shangri-La’s Legends Nine. On what’s known as the course’s “Mickey Mantle Hole,” Gibson holed out his second shot, using a nine-iron from about 140 yards out onto an island green.

Gibson, a 34-year-old from Lismore, Australia, who now lives in Edmond, is no stranger to going low on a golf course. He holds the world record (recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records) for the lowest official round of golf ever recorded with a 16-under 55 he shot in May 2012 at River Oaks Golf Club in Oklahoma City.

He’s in the first year of his second stint on the PGA Tour, having earned his way back to that tour by winning the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation in Greenville, S.C., last season on what’s now known as the Korn Ferry Tour.

In 12 tournaments this season before the PGA Tour was suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Gibson recorded a top finish of 33rd at the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort and Spa North in Napa, Calif., last September. He plans to return to the Tour in the coming weeks.

While at OC, Gibson won four individual tournament titles while helping the Eagles to a pair of runner-up finishes and a pair of third-place team showings at the NAIA Championship. Shortly after his graduation in 2008, he won the Oklahoma state amateur title and was named as the Oklahoma state amateur player of the year in 2008.

Gibson also qualified for the 2014 British Open and played in a memorable third-round grouping with Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth. He was inducted into the OC Athletic Hall of Fame earlier that year.

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